I'd be interested in getting into a Mazda CX-5 to replace my 6 wagon eventually but the lack of a manual with AWD and higher trim levels kind of kills it for me.
Hopefully title is self-explanatory, but I'm talking about a car you really like but there's one aspect of it that's a deal-breaker.
For me it's the Cruze. I really like that car but the front end is so odd. I could get used to the headlights, but the spot where the hood and grille meet is just stupid-looking and ruins the whole car. If you removed the top part of the grille, extended the hood down to meet what is now the middle bar of the grille and moved the bowtie to the center of the grille's bottom half it would look 100% better.
Maybe a talent photoshop artist could "fix" this poor thing.
2007+ Honda Element with the 5-speed automatic transmission. When Honda put the 5-speed automatic in the 07 and newer Element (previous versions had a 4-speed auto), they did not redesign the shifter. If they had changed one switch on it, or altered the shifter, I'd still have the Element today. It was a perfect vehicle for me, except that shifter drove me nuts.
Shifter was the standard PRND21, with an overdrive on-off switch. That works great with a 4-speed automatic. With a 5-speed automatic, the OD switch would lock out 4th and 5th gears. Meaning I could hit the button and "enjoy" 4000+ rpm in 3rd gear going up a hill on the highway, or I could "enjoy" the transmission hunting between 3rd, 4th, and 5th. The transmission was great around town...felt very direct, quick shifts, and always in the right gear. On the highway, the shifts became slow, slurred, delayed, and drove me crazy on rolling hills.
All they had to do was put a rocker switch on the shifter to allow the driver to selectively lock out just 5th gear, or both 4th and 5th gear. That's it. They didn't.
AWD wagon-ish thing
I would own a new Maxima if I could have it with a 6-speed manual or even a nice dual-clutch. I don't care how good the CVT is in the current car, a sport sedan with a CVT absolutely does not appeal to me in the least way. Too bad I find the current Maxima to be the best looking mid-sized sedan since the last TL.
I love the GT86/BRZ/FRS except I wish to hell that they'd made it a liftback a la RSX, Celica and *gasp* the AE86 (yes, I know it was available as a coupe).
The same can be said about the Genesis Coupe. The best thing about the Tiburon was the sizeable liftback, whereas the Genesis Coupe has a teeny tiny little trunk.
I'm good at this game. I've got my excuses all lines up as to why I'm not buying anything.
I would buy a....
E90 3 Series - except for the styling
Mini - except the interior is goofy
Cayman - except it doesn't have a backseat
911 - except the backseat has no headroom
E92 M3 - except for the price
E30 M3 - except I'm worried its old 4 cylinder engine will need to be rebuilt
370Z or TT - except Porsches handle better
E92 3 Series - except for the stupid plastic console in the middle of the back seat
BMW - except they all have runflat tires
FR-S or BRZ - except they have no torque
I recently bought a new weekend car and made a thread here but one of the cars I ruled out b/c of one bad feature was the 370z. I can't stand the shrill engine noise when you really get on it. It's a beautiful, well balanced, well made car otherwise. . . it could use a smidge more power but the sound of the engine killed it for me.